A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White
A Novel

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...not only is this a good book; it is also an entertaining book.
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From Susan Rebecca White, award-winning author of A Soft Place to Land and Bound South, comes a breathtaking story of three richly nuanced outcasts whose paths converge in a chic Manhattan café as they realize they must give up everything they thought they knew to find a home at last.

Alice Stone is famous for the homemade southern cuisine she serves at Café Andres and her groundbreaking cookbook, but her past is a mystery to all who know her. Upon Alice’s retirement, Bobby Banks, a young gay man ostracized by his family in Georgia, sets out to revive the aging café with his new brand of southern cooking while he struggles with heartbreak like he’s never known. Seeking respite from the breakup of her marriage, wealthy divorcée Amelia Brighton finds solace in the company and food at Café Andres, until a family secret comes to light in the pages of Alice’s cookbook and threatens to upend her life.

In her most accomplished novel yet, Susan Rebecca White braids together the stories of these three unforgettable characters who must learn that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole.
 

About Susan Rebecca White

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Susan Rebecca White is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Bound South and A Soft Place to Land. Born and raised in Atlanta, she spent many years in San Francisco before returning to her hometown, where she teaches creative writing at Emory University. Visit her online at SusanRebeccaWhite.com.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Touchstone. 338 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jul 15 2013

White's prose is graceful and evocative, but the plot stumbles as the disparate characters' trajectories become muddled in each other's stories.

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Good
Reviewed by Bruce G. Smith on Jun 24 2013

...not only is this a good book; it is also an entertaining book.

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